NDTOA Meritorious Award
In 2020 the NDTOA Board of Directors
established the Meritorious Service Award to be given by the Board
of Directors, at their discretion, to a current or former elected
township official that has served their constituents in exemplary
At the 54th Annual Meeting December 7, 2020,
the NDTOA Board of Directors bestowed the first ever Meritorious
Service Award upon Ralph Olson in recognition of his many years of
service to his township and NDTOA.
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Meritorious Award Recipients
2021 NDTOA Meritorious Service Award
Grassroots Leadership Award
“Grassroots Award Nomination” form -
In 1987, NDTOA established the Mr. Township Award which was
dedicated to the founder of our organization – Hank Weber of
Casselton, North Dakota. The name of the award was later
changed to the Grassroots Leadership Award to recognize the many
female township officers in our state.
This award was presented to a township officer who, through his or
her actions, had served their township, their community and/or
their state with exceptional service.
The first recipient was Jim Braaten from Crary, Ramsey County, in
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Mr. Township/Grassroots Leadership Award recipients.
Grassroots Leadership Award:
MARVIN HELLER RECEIVES NDTOA GRASSROOTS GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP
Marvin Heller from Berthold Township in Ward
County has served his Township for many years, for more than 20
years serving as its chairman. He has always performed above and
beyond his duties working on road and sign maintenance, weed
control and roadside mowing.
During and after the 2011 flood he was
instrumental in securing FEMA relief for all the damages to
roads and culverts that Berthold Township suffered. Taking
pictures and doing the necessary paperwork to insure
reimbursement for the expenses.
Congratulations, Marvin and thank you for a job
Legislator of the Year Award
Legislative success requires friends in the legislative arena.
This award program was established to reward, on an annual basis,
one of those legislators who have been of great help to the NDTOA.
These awards are given at the annual meeting awards banquet. Each
winner has a chance to be recognized in the presence of as many
township officers as are assembled at the annual meeting and
convention. The award recipient is given a plaque and are invited
to address the NDTOA membership.
The qualifications to receive this award depend on if the
legislator has been a repeated sponsor, co-sponsor or defended in
committee or on the floor of their house, township endorsed bills.
Senator David O’Connell, a township officer from the Lansford
area, was the first award winner.
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see all past Legislator of the Year recipients.
of the Year:
Representative Dave Nehring named NDTOA Legislator of the Year for
In his first session in the legislature,
Representative Nehring hit the ground running. He introduced or
co-sponsored several bills to the benefit of grassroots
government and rural citizens in general. He was also
instrumental in NDTOA efforts to support or oppose several other
bills that would affect townships.
Representative Nehring serves District 8 which
includes parts of Burleigh and Mclean Counties. He is on the
Industry, Business, and Labor Committee as well as the Political
He has a long history of service: ND Game and
Fish Advisory Board; Burleigh County Weed Board; Former
Director, ND EMS Association; Former City Council, Bowbells ND;
Former Supervisor, Apple Creek Township; Chapter Chair, Rocky
Mountain Elk Foundation; Habitat Committee Chair, Pheasants
Originally from Bowbells ND, he and his wife
Jeri have two children.
Representative Dave Nehring
NDTOA President's Award
In 2016, the NDTOA Board of Directors created the President's
Award as a way to recognize exemplary contribution by individuals
that are not elected officials. Willie Huot, Grand Forks, was the first award winner.
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see all past Presidents Award recipients.
2021 President's Award:
Julie Ellingson receives the NDTOA President’s Award for 2021.
The NDTOA President’s Award may be given to
someone that is not a Township Officer but has contributed in
some outstanding way to the goals of NDTOA. This year the award
went, very deservingly, to Julie Ellingson of St. Anthony. Julie
was at the core of a group of associations that supported the
drive for township road funding in the 67th legislative session.
Her artwork creating an 8.5 by 11-inch glossy handout for each
member of the House of Representatives was very impressive and
likely secured several votes. Julie is the Executive Vice
President of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.
Mr. Township / Grassroots Leadership Award recipients
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